Read About Patronage For 20 Quid?

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‘Explosive… Contains a string of startling revelations about Mr Johnson’s public and personal life, and goes farther than any previous biography towards solving the enigma of his true personality…The political book of 2020’.

In his Acknowledgements, buried on page 527 of his book, Tom Bower remarks, in the manner of an author broaching a humorous topic that “Readers should be aware that Boris Johnson is not a stranger in my home”. He adds that “Veronica Wadley, my wife, has known him as a journalist since he joined The Daily Telegraph in 1988.”

Readers are not, however, made aware that during Johnson’s second term as Mayor of London, from 2012-16, Wadley worked for him as a well-paid adviser at City Hall, and now that Johnson is Prime Minister, he has made her a Conservative peer.

These interests really ought to be declared, if only in order for Bower to declare that he has not allowed himself to be swayed by so much as a syllable from what he would have written anyhow.

The peerage is recent news, but not so recent that it could not have been mentioned here. A few pages earlier, Bower has referred to “the government’s mismanagement of the A level and GCSE examinations in mid-August”. His wife’s elevation was announced on 31st July.

Bower is billed on the cover of this book as “Britain’s top investigative author”, yet says of Wadley “She played no part in researching or writing this book”.

For a top investigative author, that seems a strange omission. Only a third-rate investigative author would have failed to ask the woman he lives with for help in explaining Johnson, whom she has known for 32 years.

About Johnson “His transformation from bumbling stooge on Have I Got New for You to a triumphant Mayor of London was overshadowed only by his colourful personal life, brimming with affairs, scandals and transgressions”. And now you know why an elected upper house should replace these deadbeats!

20 quid for this rubbish about someone who is STILL a bumbling stooge? No thanks! In fact, when it appears in a charity shop, quite soon I suspect, it won’t be worth a quid of mine!

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